besmirch besmirch

Definition(s):

  1. (v) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
  2. (v) smear so as to make dirty or stained

Usage(s):

  1. Not to besmirch anyone's reputation, but the annual convention of hackers known as DefCon is currently underway in Las Vegas.
  2. He spent almost all his energy trying to besmirch his opponent without offering a memorable new idea.
  3. While the resulting gridlock will besmirch both the White House and Congressional Republicans, the President stands to gain the upper hand, reports PTI's Jeff McAllister.

News

  1. Tutu calls on family not to 'besmirch' Mandela with public feud

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 6 (UPI) -- South African Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu appealed to Nelson Mandela's family to "not besmirch his name" in public feuds about the graves of Mandela's sons.
    on July 6, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. Don't 'besmirch' Mandela's name, Tutu tells feuding family

    South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu Thursday pleaded with Nelson Mandela's family not to "besmirch" his name after they engaged in a public spat fuelled by a legal dispute over a burial site.
    on July 5, 2013     Source: Fox News

  3. Letters to the editor for July 3, 2013

    In regards to Jim Hassay’s letter from June 20: In trying to besmirch the Tea Party, you have exposed your lack of knowledge. The Tea Party did not “dupe” anyone.
    on July 4, 2013     Source: The Union Democrat

Quotes

  1. "The so-called masters of democracy, who are known for their double standards, have ignored or underplayed this vicious campaign of unrestrained acts of terror and instead sought to besmirch the government for enforcing law and order," Mugabe...
    on Jun 1, 2007 By: Robert Mugabe Source: Washington Post

  2. But, echoing comments last week by President Bush, Myers said, "It's really a shame that just a handful can besmirch maybe the reputations of hundreds of thousands of our soldiers and sailors, airmen and Marines who've been over there."
    on May 3, 2004 By: Richard Myers Source: CBS News

  3. "You cannot simply throw mud in this business and seek to completely besmirch a politician or a prime minister's or a treasurer's reputation and then say 'oh by the way, this email doesn't exist'," Mr Rudd said on Channel Nine this morning....
    on Jun 21, 2009 By: Kevin Rudd Source: NEWS.com.au

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